A revolution against top-down control will work best if the UK stays together
By Steve Reed and Andrew Burns - 16 September 14:34

The state has tried to control too much from the centre for too long: a No vote in the Scottish referendum should bring about a change in where power lies.

The age of the referendum: why do politicians offer them, and do we trust them?
By Tim Wigmore - 16 September 13:18

What explains the surge in politicians using referendums, and why hasn't the British public embraced them?

The world's largest McDonald's restaurant in Olympic Park. Photo: Getty.
Fast food walkouts: how do US employment rights differ from UK conditions?
By Maya Oppenheim - 16 September 12:55

The recent wave of fast food strikes in the US has shed fresh light on the employment conditions of workers in the UK.

Pro-Union party leaders in last-minute power pledge
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 September 8:30

The leaders of Westminster’s three main parties have signed a pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland.

What is the attitude of Scotland's migrant community towards independence?
By David Graves - 15 September 11:24

Many of Scotland's newest residents feel every bit as Scottish as any born-and-bred Highlander. What's less certain is whether that's how the Highlander sees it.

How would the government and civil service deal with a Scottish Yes vote?
By Emran Mian - 15 September 10:26

The government insists it has done no contingency planning for Scottish independence, so what would the civil service do in the event of a Yes vote?

It is time to recognise the benefits of social housing
By Andrew Rynham - 15 September 9:52

What are the benefits of the social rented sector, and why must current and future governments significantly raise current levels of social housing construction?

Is Britain preparing to step up its response to Islamic State?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 September 8:56

The Foreign Secretary is meeting foreign leaders today to discuss plans to tackle extremist militants in Iraq and Syria.

David Cameron will make his final plea to Scotland not to vote Yes
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 September 7:57

The Prime Minister is flying to Scotland today to make his final case to voters not to opt for independence.

The anti-immigration Swedish Democrats finish third as Cameron's ally Fredrik Reinfeldt is defeated.
Social Democrat victory in Swedish election marred by far-right surge
By George Eaton - 14 September 23:37

The anti-immigration Swedish Democrats finish third as Cameron's ally Fredrik Reinfeldt is defeated. 

The First Minister says he won't stage another vote. But could someone else?
Alex Salmond: I won't hold a second referendum if it's a narrow No
By George Eaton - 14 September 10:49

The First Minister says he won't stage another vote. But could someone else? 

Members of public visit the pier at Clacton-on-sea.
As the Tories choose their candidate, the battle for Clacton begins in earnest
By Alexander Woolley - 12 September 17:30

Giles Watling, former 80s TV star, is selected through an open primary to fight the by-election against Douglas Carswell.

The poll cited by the nationalists would leave Labour as the largest party.
Yes Scotland resorts to fearmongering with warning of Tory-Ukip coalition
By George Eaton - 12 September 17:16

The poll cited by the nationalists would leave Labour as the largest party. 

If it’s a narrow No, the campaign for a second Scottish independence referendum will begin on Friday 19 September.
Yes or No, this won’t be the “good result” that Better Together wanted
By Jason Cowley - 12 September 16:21

If it’s a narrow No, the campaign for a second Scottish independence referendum will begin on Friday 19 September.

Local MPs aren’t helping the Tories overcome the great disadvantage our unreformed boundaries deal them.
The incumbency effect is hurting the Tories, not helping them
By Harry Lambert - 12 September 12:14

Local MPs aren’t helping the Tories overcome the great disadvantage our unreformed boundaries deal them.

The Yes side continues to lead among men by eight points, but trails among women by 16.
The Scottish Yes side's women problem gives No the edge
By George Eaton - 12 September 10:21

The Yes side continues to lead among men by eight points, but trails among women by 16. 

The biggest danger to the Scottish NHS is independence.
Salmond's NHS claims have been shredded by the IFS
By George Eaton - 11 September 16:38

The biggest danger to the Scottish NHS is independence. 

How would a Scottish Yes vote affect Northern Ireland's Unionist politics?
By Philip Bell - 11 September 16:02

The Scottish referendum campaign has served to weaken Ulster Unionist faith in a historical Ulster-Scots identity, and if Northern Ireland stays in the Union there may be more calls to integrate into the UK party system.

A new concept for the unemployed, the Job Centre. Two people seen reading the adverts.
Claimants will be forced to visit job centres for 35 hours a week or face sanctions
By Maya Oppenheim - 11 September 15:18

Selected job seekers will be obliged to visit their Job Centre five days a week and spend 35 hours looking for work.

Gordon Brown speaks at a Better Together rally on in Kilmarnock, 11 September. Photo: Getty
Gordon Brown: I’ll stand for the Scottish parliament if Salmond keeps peddling lies
By George Eaton - 11 September 13:03

Former PM vows to return to “frontline politics” to secure a Scottish Labour government if the SNP keeps misleading voters over the NHS. 

A train crosses the Royal Border Bridge in Berwick-upon-Tweed
The Scottish referendum means Berwick-upon-Tweed faces an uncertain future
By Alexander Woolley - 11 September 7:12

Berwick-upon-Tweed is England's most Scottish town – concern has become the order of the day.

Big red buttons, a biscuit inquiry, and deforestation: notes from a Labour councillor in Kensington
By Andrew Lomas - 11 September 7:05

Andrew Lomas is new to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea as a Labour councillor. Here he reveals the drama of a full-scale biscuit inquiry.

Yes campaign momentum halted as new survey puts No ahead by 53-47.
Scottish No side ahead by six points in new poll
By George Eaton - 10 September 19:13

Yes campaign momentum halted as new survey puts No ahead by 53%-47%. 

Miliband is under pressure to back the government's climate change plan
By Bob Ward - 10 September 17:02

Labour is facing a test of Ed Miliband's commitment to climate change ahead of its party conference later this month.

“Head, heart and soul”: Ed Miliband’s plea to Scotland
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 September 15:57

The Labour leader gave a speech in Scotland today, with an argument “from the head, from the heart, from the soul”. But using Labour's appeal in Scotland was his most promising strategy.

BP chief executive says No to Scottish independence
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 September 13:31

BP's chief executive, Bob Dudley, has confirmed his support for a No vote in the Scottish referendum.

The PM told Scots that the referendum was not about giving "the effing Tories" a kick.
Will Cameron's "effing Tories" remark help or hurt the No side?
By George Eaton - 10 September 13:05

The PM told Scots that the referendum was not about giving "the effing Tories" a kick. 

The Severn Bridge seen from Chepstow, Wales.
Operation disintegration: has the Scotland debate made regional parties smell blood?
By Alexander Woolley - 10 September 12:58

Time for a separate Cornish state, or an English First Minister? How about a breakaway Wales, or resurrecting Wessex? The UK's regional parties reflect on what the Scottish independence debate means for them.

Cranes operate near Battersea Power Station in London.
David Lammy on housing: "We cannot build some of the dross that's been built in the past"
By Alexander Woolley - 10 September 11:18

Labour MPs and potential rival mayoral candidates David Lammy and Tessa Jowell are among those fighting for co-operative approaches to London's problems.

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